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Gilbert Castellanos, renowned musician, composer, curator, educator and arranger based in San Diego, is one of the hottest jazz trumpeters in the United States today.  Adept in straight-ahead, as well as Latin and Afro Cuban jazz, Castellanos has become a leading figure of the vibrant, diverse and flourishing jazz scene in America’s Finest City. An established scene-maker on the West Coast, Castellanos is the Artistic Curator of both of the San Diego Symphony's highly successful jazz series - Jazz at The Jacobs and Bayside Summer Nights - which have featured some of today's brightest stars including ‪Gregory Porter‬, Chick Corea, ‪Chucho Valdes‬, ‪Dianne Reeves‬, ‪Cecile McLorin Salvant‬, John Faddis and more.  Castellanos’ talents are also renowned in the dance community

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On April 7, Visionary Avant-Garde Composer Joe Garrison Returns With “the People Upstairs”

On April 7, Visionary Avant-Garde Composer Joe Garrison Returns With “the People Upstairs”

As a 25-year veteran of pushing the boundaries of modern composition, prolific musician Joe Garrison is getting set to introduce his most adventurous project yet. Releasing April 7, The People Upstairs is the follow-up to 2013’s Veranda, which the jny: San Diego Troubadour favorably compared to the ground-breaking work of Oliver Nelson while also landing in ...

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Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

By John Wesley Reed Jr. Nora Francesca Germain was born 1991 in jny: Madison, Wisconsin. Now based in jny: Los Angeles with a BA in Jazz Studies from USC Thornton School of Music, she was the first violinist alumna of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Mentor and collaborator Marshall Hawkins, former bassist for Miles Davis and Shirley ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Ira B. Liss: It's About Time

Read "Ira B. Liss: It's About Time" reviewed by Jack Bowers

So are there any first-rate big bands worth hearing in California outside of the Los Angeles area? So happy you asked. As a matter of fact, San Diego is solidly entrenched in that position thanks to the superb Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine which, coincidentally, has recorded a spectacular new album, It's About Time. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jackie Ryan: Listen Here

Read "Listen Here" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jackie Ryan isn't simply a singer; she's a force of nature. Her voice possesses a weighty power, yet soars with grace and ease. Her ability to transmute into different characters and forms, as dictated by the song, lyrics and style, makes her one in a million and she's managed to parlay that unique gift into project ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

June Means Jazz as Festivals Flourish

Read "June Means Jazz as Festivals Flourish" reviewed by Jack Bowers

June, as always, is a harbinger of exciting things to come as the jazz festival season springs forth in earnest, causing even the most ardent couch potatoes to bestir themselves and start perusing the calendar to locate interesting events in their neck of the woods. Here in New Mexico, the “outdoor" season comes to life with ...

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Newport Beach Jazz Party 2012: Newport Beach, CA, February 16-19, 2012

Read "Newport Beach Jazz Party 2012: Newport Beach, CA, February 16-19, 2012" reviewed by Patricia Myers

12th Annual Newport Beach Jazz PartyNewport Beach Marriot HotelNewport Beach, CAFebruary 16-19, 2012An abundance of top-level jazz in the glamorous ocean-side setting of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel has made the annual Newport Beach Jazz Party one of the most popular on the circuit. The extended President's Day weekend event attracted ...

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Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011

Read "Bright Moments: So Cal Jazz Highlights, 2011" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Southern California's jazz community has taken some brutal hits in the last few years. Too many of the brilliant artists who make the music have passed on, as have the venues they performed in. The Jazz Bakery's shuttering nearly three years ago was a breath- snatching body blow; Charlie Os abrupt closing this past summer stung ...

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Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011

Read "Louis Hayes Quartet: San Diego CA, May 10, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Louis Hayes Quartet Saville Theatre, San Diego City College San Diego, CAMay 10, 2011 Jazz legend Louis Hayes, a significant progenitor of modern percussion since the early 1950s, visited San Diego's Saville Theatre on May 10, and, with an elite group of local musicians, delivered a blistering set of post-bop, ...

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Newport Beach Jazz Party: Feb. 17-20, 2011

Newport Beach Jazz Party: Feb. 17-20, 2011

The upcoming Presidents' Day Weekend marks the opening of the 11th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party, which spotlights “Right Down The Middle And Straight Ahead" jazz at the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel in Southern California. The four-day event, Feb. 17 through 20, 2011, kicks off Thursday, 8 p.m., with guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli's tribute to Duke Ellington, ...


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